Highlander of the Month

  • Every month, each department selects and honors a student. At the Highlander of the Month reception, parents, students, and staff gather in the library to hear the accomplishments, contributions, and strengths of these outstanding Scots. If you know any of these young people or their families, congratulate them!

    September   |   October   |   November   |   December   |   January   |   February   |   March   |   April   |   May

  • June 2017

    June HOM

    Art Aidan Craigsundine ambitious; conscientious; reliable; helped coordinate the butterfly project; impressive dedication and follow through
    AVID Jenni Guillen smart, dedicated, positive, humble, encouraging; quiet but fierce and full of fire; buckles down and gets things done
    Business/Industrial Arts Jake Silver a one-man Video Production wrecking crew; creator of two SCNN episodes, a short movie, and warmly-received Workman tribute
    Directed Studies Jairo Flores quiet leader; positivity radiates across the classroom; kind; accepting; makes others feel valued; calm, mature presence
    English Lisa Heffner conscientious and thorough in her work and in her contributions; does her best; shows academic maturity and responsibility
    FACSE Haley Rooney-Wilcox friendly and warm; asks thought provoking questions; team player; can laugh at herself when things don’t go as planned
    Mathematics Mike Bashiri talks through difficult concepts with group; asks smart questions; supportive of classmates; cares about doing his best work
    Music Anisa Thompson strives always to do her best; practices regularly and comes to class prepared; leads by example; smile that never fades
    PE/Health Jasper Willson shows up for class ready for anything; works hard to better herself; ‘can do’ attitude and intentions of being present much appreciated
    Science Jack Barrie shines like element 79 (gold); driven to excel in classwork and tests; great sense of humor; attitude is contagious; positive role model
    Social Studies Emily Jennings intelligent, thoughtful, kind; excellent work ethic; respectful; inclusive attitude; dependable, responsible; sets an eample
    World Languages Casey Stroschein delight in class; works hard and asks good questions; willing volunteer; proactively offers help to other in kindest, gentlest way

    May 2017

    May HOM

    Art Harriet Blaine dedicated member of Art Club; ambitious; works on her own to build skills; sophisticated sense of color and themes is impressive; enthusiastic
    AVID Tracy Dang incredibly talented, always has her work done and is willing to help out, willing volunteer, kind, spunky personality
    Business/Industrial Arts Simone Rogers leader in video game design, works hard every day on own code and scripts, assists others, friendly, reliable
    English Baxter Chase funny, insightful, talented writer and reader who makes class interesting and enjoyable
    FACSE Bryce Buck-Flinchum really kicked in to high gear; maintains positive attitude; attends all classes; works hard and doesn’t complain; does his best
    Mathematics Anna Bentley incredibly hard worker; never gives up; comes to class with a positive attitude and ready to work; kind, encouraging; never settles
    Music Madison O’Brien resilient; nothing but admiration for her change in attitude and commitment to work; grit and determination to make the cut for Carnegie Hall performance
    PE/Health Cristina De Vera kind and thoughtful; role model for classmates; works hard at mastery and is punctual; works hard in rain or shine; cooperative
    Science Eduardo Hernandez lives by “no excuses, no explanations”; perseveres with cheerful attitude; tenacity of a bulldog; helpful, courteous, encouraging
    Science Hannah Cheung quiet confidence; brain never stops processing new ideas, questioning old ones, and making new connections; incredible scientist
    Social Studies Ryan Fisher a historical scholar and thinker; shares voice to help others better understand content and make connections to contemporary times
    World Languages Christopher King passion for Spanish; goes above and beyond in every area; volunteers for extra credit no matter what his grade; positive influence

    April 2017


    Art Chloe Nestegard outstanding artist, whose detailed 2D painting and drawing techniques find their way to a clay surface with ease; indispensable TA
    AVID Sitara Busby most positive, wonderful, helpful, hardworking student, comes ready to work every day, models integrity and trustworthiness.
    Business Education Gabby Harness kind, considerate and thoughtful, works hard and is always willing to lend a hand, creative, talented, professional
    Directed Studies Will Wilde thoughtful, kind, conscientious and responsible young man, calm, diligent work ethic, and confidence sets a great example for his peers.
    English Jaelon Crear consistently turns in high-quality work, conscientious, works well independently, motivated to succeed, positive attitude, quiet leader
    FACSE Soumya Keefe enthusiastic, prepared, hard worker, self-starter, gives her best, integrity, maturity, team player, mentors others, “total kitchen awareness”
    Mathematics Joseph Pollam excelling in AP Calculus, lightens the mood in a difficult class, makes others smile, great at helping and explaining difficult concepts.
    Music Altay Sarikaya can do everything! strong in strings, leading musician, a fine vocalist, learned how to play trombone on his own, strong academic student
    PE/Health John Vogel quiet leader, his actions and work ethic speak louder than anything, driven, competitive, and second to none, inspires others to work harder
    Science Sullivan Burke insatiable curiosity, seeks to understand every nuance, thinks deeply, generously helps others, wonderfully caring and patient
    Social Studies Jakob Phipps strong critical thinker, contagious enthusiasm, helps lead thought-provoking discussions, insights add depth to the class.
    World Languages Luiz Ramos puts in the time and effort required to succeed, dedication and perseverance have lead to dramatic improvements

    March 2017

    March HOM

    Art Stefani Martynenko flair for the fancy and an eye for detail, puts care, persistence and craftsmanship into each piece, dedicated
    AVID Carlos Torres positive attitude respectful demeanor, tremendous improvement in classwork, responsibility, and worth ethic.
    Business/Industrial Arts Jason Sarver motivated, engaged, and pushing us to new levels, business minded and has really done well in class and working in the Scot Shoppe “gets” entrepreneurship
    Directed Studies Bailey Siggs made a remarkable turnaround, incredibly improvement in her performance and attitude, helps out others
    English Nicole Nagamatsu thoughtful, empathetic, and thorough work, diligent and hardworking, kind, helpful to teachers and peers, and genuinely curious.
    FACSE Sophie Engle quietly and consistently achieves academic success, hard-working, intrinsically motivated, curious learner
    Mathematics Chris Lee great attitude, shows off his sense of humor and wit, helps out his peers, leader accountable, contagious enthusiasm
    Music Meriel English can always be counted on to lead by example, fits right in to the band family; a pleasure to work with
    PE/Health Yemesi Bolonduro brightest part of most people’s day, scholar, athlete, upbeat & happy and makes everyone else around her feel like they are special
    Science Rahwa Gebretsadikan exhibits perseverance, determination, and self-advocacy, proactive learner, kind, gets along with everyone, pleasure to have in class.
    Social Studies Emory Hoelscher-Hull grounded, confident, kind, thoughtful, maturity in discussion, completion of assignments and ideas around history are rare and much appreciated
    World Languages Rhiannon Cantrell goes above and beyond, seeks out challenge, passion for Japanese and Japan inspires and encourages the students around her.

    February 2017

    feb HOM

    Art Lauren Rehm fierce tenacity and grit; likes challenge; inspiration and support to other students; despite set-backs and struggle she perseveres
    AVID Vy Tran realizes value of education; models thorough, quality work; determined, reliable; intrinsically motivated; attention to detail
    Business/Industrial Arts Max Foster thoughtful, creative, and detailed; Engineering Design Journal is a piece of artwork; positive influence
    Directed Studies Reno Williams diligent student, manages life changes; actively engages in school and activities; will make the world a better place
    English Jacob Goldstein-Street kind, smart and funny; great attitude; engaged; always prepared; eloquent writing, it’s always a pleasure to read his essays
    FACSE Parker Smith pleasure and a hoot to have class; a passion and an insatiable thirst for knowledge; dependable; contributes to class discussions
    Mathematics Sarah Alexander uber-dependable; positive attitude; comes prepared; mentally present; peers respect her; thoughtful; non-judgmental
    PE/Health Maclain Holland cares about learning and mastering the material; exceptional work; great questions; brings positive energy; well liked by peers
    Science Laurel Scott dedicated, thorough student; works hard to truly understand the material; quiet leadership models behavior; respected by peers
    Social Studies Edward Noriega keen mind for history; knowledgeable on social studies; gut-splitting sense of humor; stand out in class of strong academics
    World Languages Tiana Hoang perseveres through struggles; founder of Spanish Club, returned from Spain with language tricks and a beautiful accent

    January 2017

    jan HOM

    Art Tony Walters “Jack of all Arts”; strives for highest potential; does projects with integrity and playful twists; TA extraordinaire; proactive helper
    AVID Bhavana Sharma individual determination; enthusiastic; models exceptional organization and higher level thinking
    Business/IndustrialArts Jacob Russell quiet leader; always willing to step up to advocate for himself or for others; fantastically creative engineer; intricate and interesting designs
    Directed Studies Ivy Moore kind and gentle student; handled scary transition with confidence; quiet, sense of humor and hidden talents; diligent student; active and involved
    English Sam Cozens positive attitude and engagement with content; compassion and care for classmates; respectful of other opinions
    FACSE Kaddijatou Sowe incredibly hard and determined worker; doesn’t settle; insatiable desire to learn is contagious; honest, kind, sincere, and smart
    Mathematics Trinity Howell incredibly hard and determined worker; doesn’t settle; insatiable desire to learn is contagious; honest, kind, sincere, and smart
    PE/Health Stella Beemer brings her best to class; enthusiastic; works hard; strives to learn from every minute; a leader; offers support to others
    Science Xavier Ljubicich extremely hard working, curious; asks great questions; always thinking; leads by example; helpful and kind
    Social Studies Kai Brook thoughtful, considerate and respectful; consistently positive attitude; diligent, responsible student; gets his work done; big smile
    World Languages Micah Glesener pushes himself hard and excels in Spanish; a joy to have in class; writes thoughtful notes; values learning and appreciates how others live and believe

    December 2016

    Dec HOM

    Art Rebecca Koch imaginative, colorful appearance is a direct reflection of her artistic acumen. mind is whirling with creative possibilities and unique perspectives.
    AVID Giles Villegas works hard every day; great ability to focus; thoughtful in work and communication; helps others; challenges himself
    Business/Industrial Arts Fiona Hubbard helps everyone get their spreads done on time with a high level of aesthetic and journalistic integrity; designs are thoughtful, engaging and exacting
    Directed Studies Casey Nelson has shown tremendous growth behaviorally and on his IEP goals; a bright young man; touches hearts; resilient, kind
    English Michael Atendido leads by example in his demeanor and work ethic; kind, respectful, and a hard worker; he interacts well with others 
    FACSE Ellie Bieler warmth, humor, gratefulness; intelligence and a stellar work ethic to class; brightens the classroom
    Mathematics Ksenia Protasenko fun and social when working with others; offers support to and brings out the best in others, nudges others to work harder
    Music Heidi Resing an excellent musician; commitment to music is demonstrated by her daily preparedness; willingness to share knowledge and technical info with others
    PE/Health Morgan Rammell The most energetic class! Works extremely hard; biggest smile; a role model to others; strong work ethic. 
    Science Pierre Morse has a joyful spirit and genuine love for learning; can be counted on to work hard, ask great questions, and help others; conscientious, kind
    Social Studies Hamoon Milaninia quietly leads by example; asks insightful, relevant questions; respectful and inclusive of classmates and staff
    World Languages Jordyn Fosse-Stadler courageous; contributes by listening intently and participating in all activities; a great pleasure to have her in class

    November 2016

    Nov HOM

    Art Justin Share creates bold graphic work; pensive thought process and eye for detail; dedicated student; honest, soft-spoken and respectful
    AVID Marjorie Barker has embraced the “individual determination” in AVID diligent, extraordinary organization, self-advocating, tries new things
    Business/Industrial Arts Gabby Lacson quiet leader; brings focus and passion; a no nonsense team player; leaves her ego at the door for the benefit of the team
    Directed Studies Malachi Redmond truly cares about his educational success; goes that extra mile; positive, kind, caring and genuine; high level of achievement
    English Anna Clyde conscientiousness, attention to detail, complete engagement; can be counted on to step up and lead; a pleasure to have in class
    FACSE Ebrima “Abe” Ceesay determined to get the most out of class; courteous, hard working; attentive in class and a role model for his peers.
    Mathematics MaeLea Willis brings a great energy to our classroom; turns in all assignments with enthusiasm; always willing to lend a helping hand; a great leader
    Music Jeffrey Lebo never gives up; strives to get it right and is willing to try anything; first to volunteer for practically anything; does not shy away from a challenge
    PE/Health Luke Busby A leader in the class, always working, helping, smiling, striving for improvement and a true SCOT!
    Science Skyler Allison strong observation skills; curious; asks thoughtful questions; likes to see others succeed and helps her peers.
    Social Studies Julianne Oshiro among hardest working students; work is thoughtful, thorough, precise, and shows deep commitment to the understanding of material; delight, respectful, and always smiling
    World Languages Hailee Desrosier ties things back to French in interesting ways; works hard and helps out; well-rounded and a joy to have in class

    October 2016

    Oct HOM

    Art Mel Wells an artist through and through; has a magical way about her and it comes through in her art; impressive; imaginative; creative
    AVID Ami Njadoe enjoys working with others; uses her leadership skills to problem solve and analyze situations; enthusiastic; positive; generous
    Business/Industrial Tech Sean Ho dedicated to the success of SCNN; dynamic duo; fantastic comedy team; tackles challenges; adds humor to everything
    Directed Studies Mariam Hassan welcomes challenge and asks for extra work; enthusiastic; conscientious; compassionate
    English Anni Racibarskas makes insightful, well-thought out contributions to class with a welcoming and honest tone; individual; confident
    FACSE Peter Kukhotskiy has a natural ability with problem solving and math reasoning; class helper; great collaborator
    Mathematics Kayla Palmore collaborative group member; works for complete understanding; proactive; asks questons; willing to share
    Music Andy O’Keeffe talented musician; comfortable as a vocalist and instrumentalist; do the right thing; positive; great asset
    PE/Health Hannah Hedberg a classroom leader and is always ready to work and help others; reliable; helpful; wonderful attitude; bright; vibrant
    Science Monica Mak work is well done and intelligent; kind and caring to a student new to SC and the U.S; many wonderful virtues
    Social Studies David Rivera model of steadfast, no-nonsense, dogged persistence; major contributor; engaging; challenges peers; insightful
    World Languages Kinsley Joyce is always eager to participate and learns quickly and retains content; kind; helpful to those around her

    September 2016

    Sept HOM

    Art Zoya Dwyer a phenomenal artist; creates pieces that are so powerful that we are all in awe; sets standards for high quality
    AVID Justin Doyle kind, conscientious and meticulous; takes pride in doing good work and helps others whenever he can
    Business/Industrial Tech Evan Mordy dedicated to the success of SCNN; dynamic duo; fantastic comedy team; tackle challenges; add humor to everything
    Directed Studies Josh Naron actively seeks engagement with the students and they are so happy to get to dance with him
    English Ricardo Ruiz Calvillo comes to class prepared and ready to learn; thoughtful; attentive; active participant; entertaining
    Family & Consumer Science Kelsey Stever a breath of fresh air; comes prepared to help out in any way she can; leader; mentor; kind
    Mathematics Mohamed Hassan an enthusiastic attitude; volunteers to help others often; completes his work consistently
    Music Maia Kaje changed instruments for the good of the group; on time and prepared; improves daily; fantastic tone; leader
    PE/Health Ben Okazaki the hardest working student in the class; driven; motivated; dedicated; strong work ethic; inspiring
    Science John Tong a voice of logic and safety in the Chem lab; gives help generously; creative; funny; team player; hard-working
    Social Studies Rickey Cole incredibly engaged; quickly masters content and concepts; thoughtful; active participant; brings energy
    World Languages Isadora Slagle sets her standards high; welcomes challenge; quiet but formidable; proficient at Memrise; appetite to learn